MSc Healthcare Informatics

Course Features

  • Trains graduates in medical and allied professions and those with an information technology background in healthcare informatics.
  • Enables students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and utilise tools of medical informatics.
  • Flexible approach to teaching and learning to accommodate busy clinicians.
  • Currently funded under the National Development Plan, Graduate Skills Conversion Programme.

Course Overview

Information management and the utilisation of associated technology is becoming a major activity of the healthcare professional. This course is directed to medical practitioners, those in allied professions and also at those working in ICT areas in the health sector.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is primarily targeted towards:

  • Medical practitioners
  • Those working in allied professions 
  • ICT professionals working in the health sector

What Will I Learn

Course Description

This course is run over 12 months/three semesters. In Semester one & two students have one week of full-time lectures and five Saturday morning sessions, as well as two or three individual tutorials each week. In semester one, students take the HITS online course (run by ICS Skills under supervision of Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland /Informatics Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, RAMI).

Semester one is divided in six modules, which introduce the student to an understanding of:

  • Basic computer technology
  • Searching and analysing medical information
  • Particular technologies in medical information systems
  • Relevant legislation

Semester two comprises modules in:

  • Imaging
  • Data analysis and interoperability
  • Standards in medical systems
  • A 15-credit essay module (a review of a medical informatics topic)

This course will comprise five hours of lectures and a supervised research project, the topic for which will be agreed in advance. It will be examined by dissertation.

How/Where Will I Learn?

In semesters one and two the MSc course will run full-time over one week and five Saturday mornings.

Am I Eligible for this Course?

  • Primary university degree in medicine or in an allied profession, or a primary degree in the area of information technology and experience working in the healthcare industry

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.

Application Details

Important dates

  • The next intake for MSc Healthcare Informatics is September.

Apply Online

  • Click on the link and follow the steps outlined.
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses, and “Admission Term” tbc.
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select Healthcare Informatics (MSc in Med) X078. The corresponding fee will be applied.
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section.
  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary. The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.

Course Fees

EU Fee:

Non-EU Fee €21,000
  • Fee listed above are for full-time programmes.  Part-time fees available on request.
  • For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.
  • Fees are correct at the time of writing and subject to change.
  • Last Updated: 9th September 2014

Contact Us

Academic Programme Director

Programme Administrator

Dr. Pat Felle

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4

Mr Steven Masterton

UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
T: + 353 1 716 6634